Rehearses Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Director of Music & Arts Laura Weiss
We invite anyone with an interest in contributing to worship through singing to join our 60+-voice adult ensemble (Grade 9 and up). The group performs a wide range of musical styles including world music, classical, jazz, pop, folk and more. No experience or audition required. The Chorale performs at Sunday services at least twice a month, September-May, and presents two major music worship services each year.
Catalyst Chamber Ensemble
This auditioned, 16-voice ensemble is made up of vocalists who are strong music readers with an ability to hold pitch with only one or two vocalists to a part. The group performs difficult choral works during worship services and at limited outside community engagements.
UUCF COMMUNITY CHORALE POLICIES
Welcome to the UUCF Community Chorale! We are lining up another exciting season and we want you to be a part of it. Our work changes lives and represents the heart and soul of our mission and vision for UUCF. Each month, September through May, we will partner in worship for our community, concertize on campus and throughout the region, form meaningful relationships with other music and art communities, and share our myriad of resources with other artistic organizations who need our support.
As part of our individual spiritual journeys, I hope that this year you might consider trying new things in your music ministry at UUCF. Perhaps invite a friend or neighbor along to a rehearsal this year, try out for Catalyst (our auditioned ensemble), try leading the congregation in singing hymns for worship services or help to facilitate other music and art volunteer needs throughout the year. The world needs each and every one of our voices and as my friend Mimi Bornstein say’s “When we sing we change ourselves. When we change ourselves, we change the world”. What new ways can you share your voice?
1. Your section leader is your first point of contact. They can help you to get music if you are missing it, remind you of locations or call times, and help to communicate weather emergencies or other updates. We hope to begin using realm this year to communicate via text (in the process of transitioning to this new technology). But your section leaders are always your first line of communication and you should make sure to keep their email handy. The 2018-2019 Section leaders are:
Soprano, Martha Malone
Alto, Karen Wolf
Tenor, Peter Exner
Bass, Robert Damashek
2. Concert dress will vary. Typically we will ask you to wear one of the following:
- Colorful, Bright, Solid Colored top (short or long sleeves), Dark bottoms
- All black
- Themed colors for an occasion
3. You will receive your music at the beginning of each season (Aug /Jan ). You are responsible for your music until the designated collection days on the schedule below. You may put your music in a black binder or a black choral folder of your choosing. If you have neither and would like assistance, please contact your section leader. If you are missing music at the end of the collection time, we ask that you refund the cost of the music to UUCF.
PLEASE DO NOT JUST HAND YOUR MUSIC IN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT CONTACTING YOUR SECTION LEADER FIRST.
4. Please know that rehearsals immediately prior to an event are required. If you are unable to attend the rehearsal immediately preceding the event, we are asking that you refrain from participating in the performance. Please email Laura if there might be a creative solution. If you arrive past your call time, please do not anticipate sitting close to your section. It is very difficult to accommodate latecomers. We don’t do assigned seating because we always have a different grouping of singers every time and it is good to sit closer together when we sing.
5. The administrative needs for a program this size are high. Please sign up when the signup genius goes around throughout the year for various things.
6. Prior to rehearsals, there will be rehearsal tracks available for some of the songs. You will be notified if there is a rehearsal track. If there is not a rehearsal track, it is because the director feels that the rehearsal time is sufficient to learn the material. If you have been given a rehearsal track, it is because THERE IS NOT ENOUGH REHEARSAL TIME to learn all of the notes. You are expected to arrive to rehearsal having listened to the recording and practiced your part. There are practice tips available if you are struggling. If you are missing too many rehearsals and haven’t had time to learn a song, please contact Laura for more help.
7. Please check your email regularly to learn more about opportunities. Email is our main method of communication as is this website.
8. We begin the season with an all Choir Retreat. Please mark your calendars early. A planning team for this retreat is needed for 2019. Please contact Laura if you are interested. The retreat includes a music read-through for our season, skill development, and community building.
Upcoming Major Works: